Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club

WILLIAMSTOWN  •  EST 1904  •  AUSTRALIA

37° 51.618S - 144° 54.224E    +61.3.9393.2888

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Child Safe Standards

Child Safe Policy

 

Description:

The purpose of this policy is to demonstrate Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club’s strong commitment to child safety.

This policy is intended to provide the guidelines for staff, volunteers, Club representatives, parents/carers and children to be able to provide them with support and knowledge to interact with children in our organisation. It is also intended to empower children of all cultures, diversities and disabilities.

 

Policy:

Valuing Diversity:

Within Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club, we value diversity and do not tolerate any discriminatory practices. To achieve this, we:

• Promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children and their families.

• Promote the cultural safety, participation, and empowerment of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and their families.

 

Training and Supervision:

Training, supervision and continuing education will be provided to all staff, volunteers and Club representatives to feel confident and comfortable in recognizing concerns in child safety and dealing with any allegations regarding safety concerns or any child abuse.

Through regular training sessions initially at Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club and external agencies, we will provide the necessary skills to identify, assess and minimize the risk of/or potential signs of child abuse.

Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club will provide opportunities for volunteers, staff and Club representatives to further develop their skills to protect children and promote the cultural safety of Aboriginal children or children from linguistically and/or diverse backgrounds and children with disabilities.

All new employees, volunteers and Club representatives will be provided with training and supervision on induction to ensure they understand our commitment to child safety and that everyone has a role in protecting children from abuse and unacceptable behaviour.

 

Staff, Volunteers and Club Representatives:

All staff, volunteers and Club representatives at Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club must read, sign and abide by our code of conduct. Our code of conduct specifies the standards of conduct required when working with children. All staff, volunteers and Club representatives, as well as children and their families will be given the opportunity to contribute to the code of conduct. They must also be prepared to attend training sessions and be proactive in embedding our commitment to child safety into the culture of our organisation.

 

Recruitment:

When recruiting staff and volunteers, Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club will take reasonable steps to employ and engage skilled people to work with children. We have developed a selection criteria which clearly demonstrates our commitment to child safety and an awareness of our social and legislative responsibilities.

Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club welcomes and actively encourages applications from Aboriginal people, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with disabilities.

All people engaged in child related work will be required to hold a working with children check and provide evidence of this.

For further information or to apply  http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/applications/

Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club will carry out reference checks and Police records checks to ensure we are recruiting appropriate people to work with children. Police record checks will only be used for the purpose of recruitment and will be discarded (shredded) after the recruitment process is completed. Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club will retain its own records (but not actual criminal records) if the criminal history of an applicant will affect the decision-making process.

If during the recruitment process a criminal history is revealed, then the candidate will be given an opportunity to provide further information and context.

 

Fair Procedure for Personnel:

The safety and wellbeing of children at Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club is our primary concern. We are also fair and just to personnel. The decisions we make when recruiting, assessing incidents, and undertaking disciplinary action will always be thorough, transparent and based on evidence.

All allegations of abuse and safety concerns will be recorded on Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club’s incident reporting form, incident notes and investigative updates. All records are securely stored (locked away).

If allegations of safety or abuse are raised, management and Club representatives will provide updates to the children and families involved on any progress or actions arising from the allegations. Due to privacy concerns, allegations may not be made available to the wider club membership.

 

Privacy:

All personal information collected and recorded will respect the privacy of all individuals involved whether they be staff, volunteers, Club representatives, members, parents or children.

We have safeguards and practices in place to ensure any personal information is protected. All staff, volunteers, members, Club representatives and parents/carers have the right to know how information is recorded, what will be done with it and who has access to the records.

 

Legislative Responsibilities:

Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club takes it legal responsibilities seriously, including:

• Failure to disclosure – Reporting child abuse and sexual abuse is a community wide responsibility. All adults in Victoria who have a reasonable belief that an adult has committed abuse or sexual offence against a child under 16 years of age have an obligation to report that information to the police or child protection authority.

• Failure to protect – People of authority (staff, Club representatives, volunteers) with Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club may commit an offence if they know of a substantial risk of child sexual abuse and have the power or responsibility to reduce the risk, but neglect to so.

• Any persons who are Mandatory Reporters must comply with their duties. Mandatory Reporters are all staff, all Club representatives and all volunteers.

 

Allegations, Concerns and Complaints;

Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club takes ALL allegations seriously and has put practices in place to investigate allegations thoroughly and quickly. Staff, volunteers and Club representatives are/will be trained to deal appropriately with allegations. We will work to ensure all children, families, staff, volunteers and Club representatives know what to do and who to tell if they observe abuse or are a victim, or if they notice inappropriate behaviour.

We all have a responsibility to report an allegation of abuse if we have a reasonable belief that an incident has occurred.

Factors contributing to Reasonable Belief:

• A child states they or someone they know has been abused (noting sometimes that the child may in fact be talking about themselves).

• Someone else has raised a suspicion of abuse but is unwilling to report it.

• Observing suspicious behaviour.

 

 

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ROYAL VICTORIAN MOTOR YACHT CLUB

260 Nelson Place

Williamstown, Victoria 3016

Phone: +61 3 9393 2888

 

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